Native to Brazil, the Jabuticaba is a large shrub or small evergreen tree that flourishes in our Highveld climate. The tree can be single or multi-stemmed and typically form a dense, rounded symmetrical crown. The Jabuticaba is a slow growing tree that can reach a height of +- 5 to 8 m and is often used as an ornamental tree in small gardens. The young leaves are salmon in colour before maturing into a beautiful shade of green and the bark peels off to give the trunk an attractive mottled appearance.
The Brazilian Grape tree is best known for its flowers and berries that dramatically emerge directly from the trunk, limbs and large branches. Fruit development is rapid and it can take just 25 days from flower to full maturity. The berries are green, ripening to black and typically measure 3 – 4 cm in diameter. The edible berry contains a white to pink gelatinous pulp with a few seeds and is mostly eaten fresh. The taste is sweet and aromatic and reminiscent of grapes. Once harvested, the fruit starts fermenting within 3 – 4 days and is often used to make jams, tarts, strong wines and liqueurs.
This compact tree is ‘tough as teak’ and can tolerate cold conditions, but does need regular watering to encourage flowering and fruiting. The Brazilian Grape tree makes a fine landscape shrub, tree or hedge and is adaptable to large container growing. It is also often used as a bonsai subject.
We have Myrciaria jabuticaba specimens available at our Krugersdorp tree yard and would like to invite you to come and have a look at this unusual species.